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Muddled steps of ballet career


Muddled steps of ballet career

Belinda Seeney

City South News, Thursday 14/7/2011

In my mind I was graceful, athletic and possessing natural, yet latent, ballet prowess; all I needed was a tutu and some lessons.

While I'm yet to find the perfect tutu, Queensland Ballet's new adult dance classes seemed the perfect stage on which to unleash my inner ballerina.

Classical and contemporary classes, as well as Pilates, are held at Queensland Ballet's West End studios three nights a week and are open to adults 16 years or older of any skill level.

Any skill level. Having never taken a ballet class even as a child, I opted for the beginners' classical class.

2ballerinas instructor and former principal dancer Kimberley Davies called the 20 or so participants to the barre and asked us to assume the first position.

My eyes glazed over and I started to get an inkling I was in over my head.

With my gaze firmly fixed on Kimberley, I turned my feet out and began labouring awkwardly through the basic positions and routines.

The remainder of the hour was equal parts horrifying and hilarious as my illusions of grace and skill were shattered.

Kimberley was a true professional who graciously helped and encouraged everyone while the dancers were a mix of regulars and first-timers, some with obvious training, others on par with my "ability".

The class was pressure-free and if I couldn't master a move, I muddled through with the lesson skipping quickly between routines.

While my dreams of becoming a prima ballerina were dashed, the casual class was still a lot of fun.

And I still plan to buy a tutu.

Class details at www.queenslandballet.com.au. Bookings not required

 

Image caption:
GRACEFUL POSE: Belinda Seeney tries her hand as a ballerina under the instruction of former principal dancer Kimberley Davies (pictured below).
Picture: Stephen Archer

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